The innovative National Hearing Test at nationalhearingtest.org allows any individual to complete a preliminary hearing screening test in less than ten minutes with their home telephone. Participants who score outside of the normal range are urged to seek out a comprehensive hearing test with a local audiologist.
May 28, 2014 /prREACH/ -- The telephone-based, NIH-funded National Hearing Test makes it quick and easy for any person to obtain an initial hearing screening to detect functional hearing loss in one or both ears. That said, the test is not a substitute for a comprehensive hearing evaluation in the office of an audiologist. The Audiologists at Physician Hearing Centers are making an effort to spread the word about the telephone-based screening program while making themselves available for follow-up questions and appointments for complete Hearing Assessments in Cleveland and surrounding areas.
Released in May 2014, the National Hearing Test is currently free as part of Better Speech and Hearing Month, but will typically cost $8 per test. Because it is phone-based, the test is designed as a speech in noise test. It is best regarded as a screening for functional hearing - the ability to hear in daily situations. Test takers receive an assessment of “Normal”, “Slightly Below Normal” or “Poor” for each ear. After concluding the test, participants are urged to consult a local audiologist as a next step. The National Hearing Test website states, "If your results from the National Hearing Test were “marginal or below normal,” you should make an appointment for a complete hearing evaluation by a certified hearing professional. Even if your results are in the “normal” range but you still have concerns about your hearing, we encourage you to seek a complete hearing evaluation as well.”
Physician Hearing Centers in Cleveland wants to be the provider of choice for following up on screening results from the National Hearing Test. The knowledgeable audiologists are prepared to administer further testing, offer advice and answer questions. The publicity generated by the launch of the National Hearing Test is bringing much needed attention to the topic of hearing loss. As awareness grows so will the demand for experienced local audiologists to evaluate and treat individual cases of hearing loss. The hearing care team at Physician Hearing Centers is delighted about positioning themselves as the core provider of hearing testing and hearing loss treatment in Cleveland.
While the National Hearing Test is a great starting point for many individuals, it does require a wall-mounted phone, a noiseless testing location and the manual dexterity to correctly enter patterns of numbers into the phone. People in Cleveland who suspect a hearing problem and who might have trouble taking the test by phone should directly make an appointment for a complete hearing evaluation at Physician Hearing Centers.
About Dr. Bert Brown, MD Otolaryngologist, Dr. Bert Brown MD has been a practicing ENT physician for over 25 years – devoting his career to helping people with hearing challenges. He is the owner of Physician Hearing Centers and inventor of the SER™ Fitting Room, a room which simulates the sounds of the real world allowing hearing aid patients to get a better preview of the performance of their hearing aids in various settings and get a better overall fit and individualized adjustment. Dr. Brown completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Northwestern University where he received the Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Beta Kappa awards. He earned his Medical Degree from the University of Cincinnati and completed his residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh Eye & Ear Hospital.
About Physician Hearing Centers Physician Hearing Centers offers a unique experience in hearing healthcare because of the physician-driven, audiologist-directed structure of the practice. For patients, it means no more bouncing back and forth between the medical doctor (ENT/Otolaryngologist) and audiologist. Physician Hearing Centers has both to provide more coordinated and comprehensive hearing care. They have been the leaders in hearing protection, diagnostic hearing loss testing and hearing aids in Cleveland and Macedonia OH for over 25 years. Physician Hearing Centers professionals are dedicated to keeping abreast of the latest improvements and technological advancements in the hearing industry and are committed to offering the most current options to patients. Physician Hearing Centers has two locations in the Mayfield Heights area of Cleveland and in Macedonia, Ohio.
Contact: Dr. Bert Brown, MD http://physicianhearingcenters.com
Physician Hearing Centers 6770 Mayfield Road, Suite 210 Cleveland, OH 44124 (440) 550-4179
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